What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of bringing one’s full attention to the present moment; observing thoughts, feelings and actions without judgment.
Developing mindfulness involves learning the techniques of meditation, awareness of the breath and physical relaxation. This enables the individual to experience greater calmness, self-acceptance and peace of mind.
Why practise it?
There has been substantial research into the health benefits of mindfulness meditation; at Bangor, Oxford, Exeter Universities here in the UK and at the University of Massachusetts in the US. The research indicates that regular mindfulness practice can significantly benefit physical and psychological health. In particular it has been found to be beneficial in the treatment of stress, depression, addictions and chronic pain. It is currently being taught in the community, in workplaces and health care centres across the UK.